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“Absolutely delicious”

Al Dente Restaurant
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Ranked #153 of 2,784 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Leith
Description: Secreted away on one of the quieter stretches of Easter Road is a sparkling jewel of Italian dining – Al Dente is quite simply glorious. The walls are covered with pictures of Italian movie stars and picturesque vistas and these evocative images, along with the tiled floor and simple wooden tables, imbue Al Dente with the earthy simplicity of old Italy. But do not be fooled by this rustic interior or the attractively affordable prices; this restaurant offers the finest food and the friendliest service. A roast pepper overflows with fat grains of arborio rice, subtle but vibrant flavours elevating homely fare to five-star standards. A similar trick is played with immaculately presented mains such as porcini mushroom risotto and chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and parmesan. The set lunch is fantastic value; that diners can enjoy two courses of locally sourced, seasonal food, beautifully cooked for only £7.50 seems almost preposterous, if wonderfully so.High point: Beautiful, affordable foodLow point: The shop front is not as welcoming as the staff within
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I had the spinach and ricotta Cannelloni, and I can’t recommend it more. It was freshly made and absolutely delicious. The chief is a culinary artist! The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, and the staff lovely. Will definitely come back.

Thank Hayley J
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

'Al Dente' refers to a perfectly cooked pasta - appropriate as the chef here is an artist, from carbonara to spaghetti. Chunky sameness of globally branded pasta restaurant chains (no names need mentioning!) is displaced here by local subtle taste stimulating menu. Service is attentive, appropriate to this small and friendly space. Al Dente is easily reached by London Road bus and your appetite stimulating stroll, enter, eat experientially, enjoy!

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Thank SungeiSarawak
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We keep coming back - we've returned enough times that the people that run the restaurant recognise us, and it really adds to the cosy, welcoming atmosphere.

Best lasagne in Edinburgh, IMO, although tonight I finally tried one of the specials - the rabbit medallion was superb, would highly recommend.

Super place.

Thank HaggisFan
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

The best, most authentic, unpretentious, friendly Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. Across the board the food is always delicate and delicious. Not just a meal but a relaxing, warming evening out where everyone is made to feel as if they belong. The passion of the chef and the owner can be felt from the moment you enter. Well done Graz and staff, we wouldn't dream of eating anywhere else in town.

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Thank 33craig
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

turned up for our booking at 5.30pm only to find the place closed. the weather had been dreadful but no email, no phone call, nothing to let us know and this was a pre theatre dinner. phoned to make sure and gentleman answered saying everyone had been notified that morning but my phone had no messages and neither did my email. he did apologise profusely but that did not compensate having to run around to try to get dinner somewhere at short notice. was so looking forward to eating here again, but very unimpressed with this. so unfortunately another lovely little italian got our business and an excellent review.

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Thank kmc8955312
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